Last September in Paris, I sat for a while near the shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia in l’église de la Madeleine – though I didn’t know this at the time, too photographer-focused as I was on the beautiful candle light, the icon, and the people contemplating it. I researched Saint Rita today: she’s considered the patron saint of impossible and lost causes, as well as of abused and heartbroken women. She lived in 14th- and 15th-century Umbria; married at 12 to an abusive and violent husband, she apparently turned him partially away from violence – though he ended up stabbed to death by members of a family he was feuding with – and then prayed to God to keep her sons from the same violent, vengeful path (a request He granted, it is said, by killing them both with dysentery to save them from Hell). She ended up an Augustinian nun, and was canonized five centuries later, in 1900.
Part of the deep magic of photography lies in its embrace of the time between intentions.
I love this picture of my friend (and actor and stylist) Cayley Jay, from a shoot we did back in the fall of 2017.
I’ve been working on a cool new film project with (and this time written by) Rose Paré. Stay tuned.
Many worlds to conquer. Happy birthday to Rose Paré, actress, model, and friend.
Check out her debut in our short film, “Commencement”
My next rallycross (RX) event - the first in the KWRC 2019 series - is approaching soon: less than a month away! I’ll be driving my Audi A3 as usual, and naturally hoping to beat my times in the last event. I’ll keep you posted!
A cycle path runs along Ironmonger Lane, north off Cheapside. In this age of electrification and globalization and the Internet, the London of Dickens and Conrad merely waits for nightfall to emerge again.
Rose Paré, actor, still looking fresh after six and a half hours on set. From our new project, coming soon.
Late afternoon, Bloomsbury. I can never get used to how low the sun can remain in the sky in London – though the sharp, angled shadows it casts do make for interesting compositions. In this photo, I also enjoy the three-part symmetry of the building (both horizontally and vertically) as contrasted with the strolling businessman. There’s a Victorian feel about his look and pace.
I rummaged through the archives of some 2016 shoots last night, and found this beautiful picture from an evening of strolling and talking with actress Elyssa Erhardt.
“The allotted function of art is not, as is often assumed, to put across ideas, to propagate thoughts, to serve as an example. The aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow his soul, rendering it capable of turning to good.”
- Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky